Brazilians bring Rio flavour to Lismore
TWO university students from Brazil are bringing a touch of Rio's Carnivale to the Lismore Lantern Parade tonight.
The Brazilians are studying events management at the University of Technology in Sydney and decided to come to Lismore and help with the Lantern Parade to gain some hands-on experience.
Flavia Fontes is in her second year at university and heard about the Lantern Parade from a speech director Jyllie Jackson gave at her university.
“Jyllie did a presentation and I loved it and told all my friends, so we've come up to be involved,” Ms Fontes said.
“We were already studying together, so we thought we should get together and help with the lanterns.”
Ms Fontes said the atmosphere in the lantern workshop was electric and everyone was extremely friendly.
“We are learning and helping out where we can,” she said.
“We did a run-through yesterday and it was really good.
“It is also good for us as we are helping to build everything. You can see the love in the workshop and everyone is working together to get it all done.
“It is also amazing to realise what you can actually do and everyone is open to us and helping us get involved.”
Fellow Brazilian Antonio Miranda said he could not wait to see how the entire event played out tonight.
“It is funny. You have a picture in your head of what it will be like, and you hear the music to accompany the parade, but it will be great to see how it all comes together,” Mr Miranda said.